Business Resources

There are many local organizations to help with your local business development needs.

Business Funding


Small Business Administration


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA has delivered millions of loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA can help facilitate a business loan with a third party lender, guarantee a bond, or help find venture capital. Understanding how SBA works is the first step towards receiving assistance. Visit their website for more information.

Exporting


U.S. Commercial Service


The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to new global markets. The U.S. Commercial Service offers trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking, and commercial diplomacy needed to connect with overseas business opportunities. In addition, they can develop trade finance and insurance strategies that align with a business owners business objectives. Visit their website for more information.

Export-Import Bank


The Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank) is an independent U.S. federal agency that creates and maintains U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers. The Bank provides a variety of programs for U.S. exporters, including working capital guarantees and export credit insurance; as well as programs to help foreign buyers purchase U.S. goods and services. Small business exporters can learn about how EXIM Bank products can help them increase foreign sales for more information about the EXIM Bank, visit their website.

Government Contracting & Sales


Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs)


PTACs provide local, in-person counseling and training services for small business owners. PTACs are designed to provide technical assistance to businesses that want to sell products and services to federal, state, and/or local governments. Services are typically available free of charge. PTACs are part of the Procurement Technical Assistance Program, which is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency.
Visit their website for more information.

Industry Membership Organization


The Volusia Manufacturers Association (VMA)


The VMA provides information, education and networking opportunities to help manufacturers grow and succeed. Member companies range in size from one employee to over five hundred. Individual members are CEOs, presidents, plant managers, CFOs, and HR managers. VMA members share their expertise in manufacturing operations, purchasing, international trade, human resources, marketing and more. Visit their website for more information.

The Volusia Building Industry Association (VBIA)


VBIA is a proactive trade organization in Volusia County providing for the economic well-being of the construction and home building industry. They provide the services that strengthen the industry. The association serves it members and the community through networking opportunities, educational programs, newsletters, marketing opportunities and forums for input to state and local governmental officials on issues of industry-wide concern facilitated by a knowledgeable and professional staff. Visit their website for more information.